The  Discovery Award Challenge

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The challenges of The Discovery Award are non competitive, you progress at your own pace and within your own capabilities, whilst having fun and enjoying yourself at the same time. You will meet new people and make new friends.

There is no maximum time limit for each challenge only a minimum. This is to facilitate a real commitment to to your chosen challenge.

There are three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold - each with an agreed time span and leading to its own certificate and badge.

Each level has four sections;

    Service in the Community

    Recreational pursuit

    Hobby or Interest

   Journey of Discovery (which need not be a physical journey)


Any service which helps others is acceptable: for example, Red Cross, visiting the elderly, committee work, working with voluntary youth organisations, conservation - the demand for volunteers is endless , so the choice is yours!

BRONZE   24 - 30 hrs  spread over a minimum of 12 weeks

SILVER    48 - 60 hrs spread over a minimum of 26 weeks

GOLD    100 -120 hrs spread over a minimum of 52 weeks


This should involve some physical activity, but the limits are set by your own health and ability. Start slowly for your Bronze and work up to your Gold. For example, you might choose to do archery, cycling, badminton, table tennis, golf, wheelchair sports. gardening, dancing, snooker or darts etc.

BRONZE 24 - 30 hrs spread over a minumum of 12 weeks

SILVER   50 - 60 hrs spread over a minimum of 26 weeks

GOLD     50 -60 hrs spread over a minimum of 52 weeks 

Please note the time scale for the Silver and Gold Awards are the same because some recreational activities can be affected by seasonal variations.


You might like to take up a new interest or develop an old one. The choice is vast: writing, gardening, collecting stamps or postcards, reading, cinema or T.V, music, languages, painting or drawing, photography, local history or architecture, abseiling or palientology - you name it, you can do it!

BRONZE 50 - 60 hrs spread over a minumum of 26 weeks

SILVER 100 -120 hrs spread over a minimum of  52 weeks

GOLD   150 -180 hrs spread over a minimum of  78 weeks


You can travel anywhere, in your mind at home, in the comfort of your own armchair, through books, pictures, your television or computer; or abroad, on foot, bicycle or car, train or tram, ship or plane, canoe or horseback. Discover far away places or local landmarks, even your family tree. Your Journey of Discovery can be physical, visual, spiritual or knowledgeable. All you have to do is keep a record of your preparation and what you did, to submit for your award.

If you undertake a physical journey it is recommended that you prepare carefully for:

BRONZE  minimum 6 weeks preparation time

SILVER   minimum 9 weeks preparation time

GOLD     minimum 12 weeks preparation time

The Journey will then comprise of:

BRONZE   6hrs of planned activity each day for 2 consecutive days

SILVER    6hrs of planned daily activity for 4 consecutive days or 2 sets

              of 2 consecutive days

GOLD      6hrs of planned daily activity for 6 consecutive days or 3 sets 

              of 3 consecutive days  

The Discovery Award encourages you to take up new pastimes whilst recognising that your ability to undertake certain things  might become restricted as your age changes. It will however accept that new challenges do not necessarily mean completely new projects at each or any level. Sometimes we all need to revisit certain places or opportunities. Perhaps take up old skills or continmue where we left off!